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July 30, 2020



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Japanese Airports Debut Saliva-Based COVID-19 Testing

Haneda and Narita Airports replaced the notoriously invasive COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) screening tests with saliva-based antigen tests yesterday. Both have comparable accuracy rates, but the antigen test delivers results in one hour compared to six hours for PCR tests. Daily testing capacity is expected to nearly double as a result. Antigen tests will be offered at Kansai Airport starting Saturday.

Asahi Shimbun | Related Haneda International Airport to offer WHILL’s fully autonomous mobility service for social distancing practice – WHILL



Airbus Cuts Costs as COVID-19 Makes “Very Visible” Financial Impact

Airbus’ half-year financial results were affected by a year-over-year halving of commercial aircraft deliveries. Revenue fell to $22 billion, 40% lower compared to last year’s figure. “We have calibrated the business to face the new market environment on an industrial basis and the supply chain is now working in line with the new plan,” said Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury. The company will slow production of the A350, of which 23 were delivered in the last six months, to five jets per month. The A220 assembly line in Quebec is expected to progressively return to pre-pandemic levels.

Breaking Travel News | Related Airbus reports Half-Year (H1) 2020 results – Airbus



Singapore Airlines Issues Company-Wide Salary Cuts as Profits Evaporate

Singapore Airlines (SIA) reported its latest quarterly financial results: a net loss of $814 million, compared to the same quarter last year, with sales dropping 79%. The skeleton schedule it operated during this period had a load factor of 10%. A year earlier, the airline was over $80 million in the black. SIA will increase cost-cutting measures in the form of bigger pay cuts for the management, a 10% salary reduction for other staff, and early retirement for ground staff and pilots aged 50 and above, with at least 15 years of service. SIA released an updated flying schedule for August and September and estimated passenger capacity will rise by one percent.

BNN Bloomberg | Related SIA cuts pay of all staff by at least 10%; offers early retirement for ground staff, pilots – Straits Times



Eutelsat and Intelsat Will Jointly Sell QUANTUM Satellite Capacity

A new deal between Eutelsat and Intelsat means the latter will offer Ku-band capacity on the former’s QUANTUM satellite to its customers. The satellite, slated to enter service in 2021, is around two years late to orbit and Eutelsat stands to benefit from speedier revenue generation. “This type of industry collaboration is truly a ‘win-win’ for everyone, and we look forward to a productive, long-term partnership with Eutelsat at 48°East,” said Rick Henryfurther, regional VP, Intelsat General Communications. The satellite will be positioned for strong coverage in the Middle East and North Africa. It features a software-based design allowing users to define performance and reach to meet their specific requirements. | Related Orange buys out entire Eutelsat Konnect capacity – Broadband TV News



MyZenTV Launches Museum Content for IFE

MyZenTV is now offering its Museum channel to the in-flight entertainment market for the first time. Launched in 2017, the channel is currently available on cable and via streaming in various countries in North America, Europe and Africa. The channel features 350 hours of content, including documentaries, private museum tours, art city guides, tutorials and artist events from around the globe. The content provider’s meditation and wellness content has been flying for more than a decade on a number of European and Asian airlines.

APEX Media | Related We are preparing complete programs around fitness and healthy recipes! – MyZenTV



LaGuardia Makes Progress with $5.1B Terminal B Project

LaGuardia Airport will open a second concourse at Terminal B next week. This includes seven gates that will mainly serve American Airlines, an indoor park and touchless restrooms. The $5.1-billion Terminal B expansion includes a new 35-gate terminal, a central hall, a parking garage, related roadways and supporting infrastructure. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called LaGuardia “the first new airport in the United States in 25 years.” Existing facilities are gradually being demolished as part of an $8-billion transformation.

Airport Technology | Related What It's Like to fly out of LaGuardia's New Terminal – Business Insider



ABC International Launches Lightweight, Transparent Life Jacket Container

ABC’s new product, already being used by a major airline, is now available to seatmakers and carriers looking for a life jacket container that prevents tampering and is easy to inspect. The TSA- and FAA-certified box is designed to open quickly but features an anti-intrusion system that uses seals to discourage passengers from tampering with or improperly removing the life jacket. Because it is transparent, flight crew can easily inspect the container during transit checks. The injection-molded box is made from lightweight polycarbonate resin and can be ordered to size.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related ABC International unveils Boom Headrest – Inflight Online





“Literally stepped back into the 1970’s on board the Negus-liveried 747."

This week, we’re featuring Boeing 747 #AvGeekTreasures from Benedict Montgomery, sales & promotions executive, British Airways. BA retired its #747 fleet earlier this month. 

> Tweet of the Day

The 17,000 Delta staff who have taken early departure packages includes "those who spent their entire careers at Delta, as well as those who started with Northwest, Western and Pan Am," says CEO Ed Bastian today. Now that's a serious cross-section of airline history.

Edward Russell @byerussell


Association News

Explore the Latest Cabin Interior Designs in The APEX Weekly Wrap!

In tomorrow’s episode, hear from Tapis Corporation’s sales director Matthew Nicholls about the seating concept it created together with Molon Labe and Simona Boltaron to enhance cabin hygiene while protecting airlines’ bottom lines. And don’t miss our take on the beautiful new cabin interior for Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo vehicle, VVS Unity. Subscribe to the APEX YouTube channel and watch previous episodes.


> Quote of the Day

“We’ll turn [the mood lighting] off completely whilst you’re in space, to let Earth provide the ultimate beautiful lighting.”

Jeremy Brown, Virgin Galactic
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